| QB Hoyer clears concussion protocol -- Wed Dec 30 5:09 pm --|
HC gives nod to start season finale
|HOUSTON -- On the brink of winning the AFC South, the Texans (8-7) are getting back their starting quarterback.
Brian Hoyer has cleared the concussion protocol and will start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Bill O'Brien said.
FF Today's Take: QB Brian Hoyer has been practicing for over a week but hasn't been cleared to play in a game until today. Jacksonville has been in several shootouts over the past few weeks and the Texans have their eyes set on a division title. As a result, rolling with Hoyer in deeper formats is a worthwhile option. Hoyer's return marks an upgrade to all of Houston's players including the explosive DeAndre Hopkins.
| Hoyer to start Week 17 if cleared -- Mon Dec 28 7:15 pm --|
In final stage of concussion protocol
|Brian Hoyer, in the final stage of the concussion protocol, will be the team's starter Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars if he passes in time, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday.
"(Brandon Weeden has) done a really good job," O'Brien said. "He did a good job in the Indy game, did a good job yesterday. But if Brian's healthy and cleared, he's our starter." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Hoyer has some darkhorse fantasy QB1 appeal if he gets the green light against the Jaguars, who have struggled against the pass all year. O'Brien indicated he has no plans to rest his players in Week 17 even if Cincinnati defeats Denver on Monday Night Football, which would give the Texans the AFC South title based on the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. O'Brien's desire to win means owners should be able to count on another full game from DeAndre Hopkins as well.
| Brian Hoyer expected to miss Week 16 -- Sat Dec 26 9:00 am --|
Brandon Weeden expected to start
|Brian Hoyer (concussion) making good progress but Texans not expected to play him this week. On track for Week 17 return. (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Hoyer out, that means Brandon Weeden will get the start against Tennessee. Weeden posted a 105-1-0 line in relief of T.J. Yates last week against the Colts. This doesn't affect the fantasy value of WR DeAndre Hopkins as Yates to Weeden is a lateral move. Tennessee is giving up the 8th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
| Hoyer practices for second straight day -- Thu Dec 24 5:25 pm --|
Recovering from multiple concussions
|Texans QB Brian Hoyer was practicing again (Thursday). WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and S Rahim Moore (illness) still are not practicing. (Tania Ganguli on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Shorts and Moore have both been ruled out for Week 16 while Hoyer is trending in the right direction after suffering two concussions in less than a month. Shorts' absence should give Nate Washington and rookie Jaelen Strong a bump in targets while a return by Hoyer would be good for the entire Texans' passing attack. If Hoyer cannot go, Houston will be forced to go with Brandon Weeden versus the Tennessee Titans.
| Brian Hoyer (concussion) likely out multiple weeks -- Tue Dec 15 9:45 am --|
Texans concerned after his second head injury in a month
|Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) on Twitter: "#Texans worried Brian Hoyer's latest concussion and other injuries could cause QB to be out for a while. I'm told player is concerned." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is Hoyer second concussion inside of a month, and it appears that T.J. Yates will assume duties under center for the foreseeable future in Houston. Considering the favorable matchup in Indy, Yates might not be a terrible option in Week 15.
| Brian Hoyer ruled out for Week 11 -- Wed Nov 18 7:00 pm --|
Team claims Brandon Weeden off waivers
|It appears that the Houston Texans will attempt to keep their place atop the AFC South without Brian Hoyer on Sunday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapaport reported Wednesday that Hoyer -- who suffered a concussion in Monday night's win over the Bengals -- is expected to sit out Sunday's matchup against the Jets, according to a source informed of the quarterback's situation. With Hoyer out, backup T.J. Yates is in line to make his first NFL start since Jan. 15, 2012.
FF Today's Take: Houston continues to be bitten by the injury bug this season with Brian Hoyer sidelined for at least one week with a concussion. T.J. Yates is not the most appealing fantasy option going up against one of the best defenses in the league. With top receiving target DeAndre Hopkins likely to be blanketed by Darrelle Revis, Houston's offense will struggle to move the chains.